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Hav­ing dolled up celebri­ties like Cindy Craw­ford and Keira Knight­ley, beau­ti­fied runway mod­els for de­sign­ers such as Chloé and Prada, and per­fected faces for the cov­ers of Elle and Vogue, Lisa Eldridge is an ex­pert on all things re­lated to cos­metic for­mula, color, ap­pli­ca­tion, and pack­ag­ing from ev­ery era. The Youtube sen­sa­tion and makeup mas­ter’s new book, Face Paint: The Story of Makeup, em­barks on a global beauty jour­ney through­out time to ex­plore the history of what we put on our face. Want­ing to know even more, domino asked Eldridge some im­por­tant ques­tions about skin care and sea­sonal style sug­ges­tions.

Q: The ded­i­ca­tion page of your book says, “To my mother, whose makeup got me into all of this in the first place.” Can you tell us about that?

A: When I was about six years old, I found a box of my mum’s old makeup at my grand­mother’s house, full of vin­tage trea­sures from Mary Quant and Coty. I wasn’t in­ter­ested in putting them on my own face. I was just fas­ci­nated by the ob­jects them­selves, the crayons and tubes, the in­cred­i­ble smell, and the glossy, gloopy tex­tures. It was the mo­ment I first be­gan to fall in love with makeup.

Q: Do you ever use his­tor­i­cal makeup tech­niques in your work?

A: Yes, the history of makeup is a huge source of in­spi­ra­tion for me, and I’ll some­times ref­er­ence his­tor­i­cal looks and tech­niques in my ed­i­to­rial work. For ex­am­ple, I might ap­ply color in a pain­terly fash­ion that takes in­spi­ra­tion from the past, but I al­ways make sure the end re­sult is con­tem­po­rary.

Q: Do you have any hol­i­day makeup tips or styles that you could rec­om­mend?

A: I love clas­si­cally beau­ti­ful, Hol­ly­woodand vin­tage-in­spired party makeup. Flaw­less, ra­di­ant skin with sub­tle high­light­ing is in­stantly beau­ti­fy­ing, and you can’t go wrong with a clas­sic red lip.

Q: What is your fa­vorite con­tem­po­rary piece of makeup and why?

A: Con­cealer—it’s my se­cret weapon for flaw­less skin. It isn’t just for spots or acne. If you have pig­men­ta­tion, red­ness, or un­even­ness that you want to con­ceal with­out mask­ing your face in foun­da­tion, con­cealer is all you need.

Q: Is there a bare-bones makeup rou­tine you use when you are run­ning late?

A: If I only do one thing with makeup, it’s curl­ing my lashes and putting on mas­cara— it only takes two min­utes, but it makes the big­gest dif­fer­ence to your face.

Q: What is your skin care phi­los­o­phy?

A: Skin care is the queen in my world—you need a good can­vas to achieve great makeup. I like my skin to feel really clean in the morn­ing, so I use a gen­tle face wash with AHAS like glo ther­a­peu­tics’ hy­drat­ing gel cleanser with lac­tic acid. I use sun­block each and ev­ery morn­ing, all year round, and ap­ply lots of hand cream and body lo­tion or oil be­fore I get into bed each night. Gen­er­ally, though, I don’t use loads of prod­ucts. I find the sim­pler the rou­tine, the bet­ter my skin is.

Q: Is there one prod­uct you can ap­ply that will make you look and feel bet­ter?

A: A sweep of blusher is one of the fastest ways to make your­self look fresher and more alive, what­ever your skin tone— a gor­geous rose-pink lifts skin and makes the whites of your eyes look brighter.

Q: What is the most im­por­tant thing that peo­ple should do for their skin?

A: Wear SPF ev­ery day—pro­tect­ing your skin from the sun is one of the eas­i­est ways you can keep it look­ing younger for longer. And with so many great tex­tures and for­mu­las avail­able now for ev­ery skin type, there’s no ex­cuse not to wear SPF daily. I call it my “youth in a tube”!

With a newly re­leased book that re­counts the nar­ra­tive of cos­met­ics, Lisa Eldridge, one of the most trusted names in the makeup in­dus­try, shares some tech­nique se­crets and her love of SPF.

“Face Paint: The Story of Makeup” by Lisa Eldridge for Abrams $29.95 domino.com/win­ter15

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